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If you have seen the 1983 classic, "A Christmas Story", you may remember the scene where the mother is about to take her first bite of dinner when Ralphie, her oldest son, interrupts her to ask for "More red cabbage, please." As she gets up from the table to fulfill his request, the narrator says, "My mother hadn't had a hot meal for herself in 15 years."

Mothers are often used to eating lukewarm or cold food. That's why we cherish eating out so much!

Something else that a lot of mothers are used to going without is sleep. When our children are still living at home, no matter how old they are, if they work nights or go out for the evening, we usually don't fall soundly asleep until we know that they are home safely.

When our youngest son, who is now 44, was in high school, he worked weekends at a fast food burger restaurant. He walked there and back, as it was only five minutes away.

Since his responsibilities included helping the manager close the restaurant, we understood that he wouldn't be finished with his shift until around 1 a.m.

On one particular Friday, it was 2 a.m., and he was still not home!

I called the restaurant — no answer. I called his manager — no answer. "Lord," I prayed, "what should I do?"

My husband Marcelo was sleeping like a log. I was about to wake him up when I heard the Holy Spirit whisper, "Jehovah shammah."

That stopped me dead in my tracks. At that time, I didn't know what "Jehovah shammah" meant, but I knew the voice of the Holy Spirit.

I began to relax and ask God to forgive me for being so frightened and for not trusting Him more. It was only a matter of minutes later that I heard our son at the door. He had gone to a pancake house for breakfast with the manager and the other workers on his shift!

The next day, after searching through our concordance and Bible dictionary, I found that "Jehovah shammah" in Hebrew means "the Lord is there", and it appears in the following verse:

Ezekiel 48:35b – And the name of the city from that day shall be, The Lord is there. (KJV)

God was with our son the whole time, and He was there with me also. Upon graduation, our son proudly served in the United States Marine Corps, and I had peace, knowing that the Lord was there.

Isn't it wonderful how the Holy Spirit speaks to us through the Word of God, giving us the comfort and reassurance that the Lord is there!

Prayer: Lord, thank You for being there in the joyful outcomes as well as in the adverse, inexplicable ones. May our faith and trust remain strong, knowing always that You are there. Amen.

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Cheryl Mariano (Cheremiah) <>
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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen Cheryl!! Happy Mother’s Day.

    Thank you, Cheryl, and happy Mother’s Day.

    Great words, Cheremiah. Happy Mother’s Day.

    May God continue to bless you and Happy Mother’s Day, Cheremiah!

    Thanks for sharing this devotional with us. Yes, the Lord is with us! Blessings.

    Thank you for another wonderful Devotional, and Happy Mother’s Day to you.

    Cheryl, it is great. However, I lost my wife two years ago and things are VERY tough for me now!
    (Ontario, Canada)

    Hello Cheryl.
    Thank you for this comforting devotional. Yes, amazing how God is there always and yet we sometimes worry needlessly.
    God bless.

    Greetings Cheremiah,
    Happy Mother’s Day to you and may you enjoy a special day in the Lord’s love and care. Thank you for another very good and very mindful devotional.

    Bless you, Cheremiah, for bringing up the memories of my own self-less mother. She always served her family and others. I know for her it was knowing the Lord was there, all the time. She never stopped serving, even when people tried to help her. She would say, “The Lord is my Strength.” She was a woman of few terms of endearment, and yet, the gift to her family was service, strengthened by the Lord.

    What a beautiful devotion. Thank you!!

    Cheremiah, this is such a lovely devotional. Thank you for sharing and Happy Mother’s Day! Blessings.

    That is a wonderful message and example, Cheryl. (As a dad, I can appreciate it, too!) Thank you!

    Dear Cheryl,
    Thank you for writing, “The Lord is there.”
    And thank you for:
    Isn’t it wonderful how the Holy Spirit speaks to us through the Word of God, giving us the comfort and reassurance that the Lord is there!
    Keep writing.

    Hi Cheremiah,
    Good devotional.
    In the Hebrew language, so I learned, there is a sentence in the middle of the 23rd Psalm which is preceded by 26 words. And also followed by 26 right in the middle of verse four.
    Here is what it says; “For you are with me.” And that sums up the whole Psalm and our faith in just those few words, David knew that he could come to the Lord with all his problems and we do as well. The Lord was with him, and the Lord is with us.
    As you said so well, the Lord is there!
    Thank you for writing.

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